Standing on a Whale, Fishing for Minnows?

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There is a Polynesian saying, “standing on a whale, fishing for minnows.”

These days, people are fighting and searching for the truth, for reality and purpose, and unfortunately, most succumb to the brainwashing and propaganda of the New World Order and Cultural Marxism that fosters dysgenics* by teaching materialism, atheism (yes, I have been an atheist), and that all people are somehow, miraculously, and equally absurdly to any mature, intelligent adult, the same and equal in every way.

Joseph Campbell writes in one of his mind-expanding books, “There’s a story about Eisenhower. It was in his time that we began to realize what an important thing the computer was. He’s said to have gone into a room full of computers and put the question, ‘Is there a God?’ 

“The computers worked around and lights flashed and wheels turned and all that kind of thing. Finally, a voice came out and said, ‘Now there is.‘”

In my mind, there is no question that there is a God. 5,000 years before Christ, the Indians knew there was one. Most Western people don’t know that India enjoyed a thousand years of peace, in which the population focused on spiritual growth. No other country has ever done that. And only the Hindus believe that all religions worship the same God; they just give Him different names.

That is why the Polynesian saying is so appropriate; God’s children, who have direct access to him, are searching for a god. But religions have so distorted and perverted man’s understanding of God to suit their own selfish financial and political goals, so confusing are the historical contexts, models, temporal inflections, and metaphors of their religious books, that they seem out of date, inappropriate, irrelevant to the world we live in today.

Many religions use the fear of punishment and the promise of reward to manipulate and scare people to abide by their rules and laws and make their leaders indispensable intermediaries between the common man and God, and this, in today’s world, is increasingly revealing itself as pure exploitation and legalism, which is exactly what it is.

Man can fall on his knees at any time he chooses and acknowledge God and begin to learn about Him and the way in which he should live in order to be to be happy, fulfilled, joyful, and successful from any spiritual source or combination of sources he chooses. But falling for the immoral, debased Cultural Marxist propaganda of today is self-destructive.

If you want to know what behavioural, spiritual model works, which peoples are the most intelligent, and whom to learn from, open your eyes.

Look around the world at the racial groups, religions, countries, belief systems, philosophies, and spiritual beliefs with an open, objective, fearless mind, as would a traveler from space, and decide for yourself what makes sense, what works, what gets the best results, and whom to associate with and learn from. That is maturity; that is the mark of the true searcher. And if you seek, you will find that for which you earnestly seek. God is faithful.

A pumpkin that grows in a jar cannot possibly exceed the size of the jar, just like a fish in a small bowl. Many very religious (as opposed to spiritual) people are big fish in small, muddy ponds, and their arrogance is exceeded only by their ignorance, their passive aggression engendered by a sneaking suspicion that they’ve been conned. If your religion is based on the self-destructive philosophy of Altruism, you have very little to offer, since we can only teach what we know and understand.

I believe in can learn something from every religion and spiritual philosophy; to restrict my input means restricting my spiritual growth. I want to live optimally and aspire to my full potential, and with God’s loving guidance, I can.

Robin Elliott

*Dysgenics is the study of factors producing the accumulation and perpetuation of defective or disadvantageous genes and traits in offspring of a particular population or species. “Dysgenics” is the antonym of “eugenics”. If society subsidizes and interbreeds with low IQ, low achievement, high violence populations, in the end, such populations will dominate, and determine the human future — or lack of it.

 

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“They Came Running!”

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The car dealership needed to do more than balloons and hot-dogs to boost their year-end sales. Their targets and aspirations were high and they wanted to stand out from their competitors in the area. They asked us for a creative suggestion, and we recommended, amongst other things, King Kong. Here’s a picture of him on another building.

The owner reported after their promotion, “They came running!” Kids dragging their parents, King Kong grabbing the attention of passing motorists. People walking and driving right past his frustrated competitors. Large inflatables catch the imagination of people and attract them; their curiosity is peaked, and they want to know more. And they come.

Mediocre attempts to attract new customers seldom work, which make them expensive. If we keep on doing what we’ve always done… Big, bold, different, and exciting is what draws people. One experiment found that two inflatables instead of one had an exponential effect: 3.7 – 5 times the results.

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Someone said. “They’re not all dragging kids behind them.” Well, isn’t it true that we’re all kids deep inside? The curious inner child of even the most jaded adult seeks fun and novelty, escapism. Make your advertising fun, interesting, and different.

Robin Elliott AdXPerts.com

Smart Marketers Offer an Escape

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I asked the twelve- and thirteen-year-olds in the Sunday School Class I teach, “Why do people take drugs?” One wisely answered, “To escape.” Paley writes, “On trains, I am held hostage, disconnected, suspended in time. It forces me to slow down. This is what I crave: Give me a long, slow ride and I am happy.”

After all, why would someone borrow a lot of money he could certainly have put to better use to endure two days of mind-numbing travel and airports, at least two days of jetlag, and a good chance of dysentery, to travel to some foreign, Third World beach for a week? Escapism. Denial of reality. Isn’t a week’s travel and “holiday” more stressful, expensive, and tiring than a good book, long walks in nature, and time to relax and reconnect?

But I digress. Escapism – through social media, alcohol, drugs, “holidays,” gambling, illicit sex, and moral abandon – is an increasingly sought-after commodity in today’s world. And we all know that the idea of that holiday, the planning, brochures, imaginings, expectation, and eager anticipation is usually surpasses the reality by leaps and bounds.

When I buy a book, my decision is initially and predominantly based on the cover – the advertising for the contents. So when I see a sad, dilapidated, weather-beaten, boring sign outside a business, I seldom get excited about the kind of service and products I can expect.

Smart marketers use quality signs that offer escapism through humour and interest, while at the same time advertising the solutions that their products and services offer. Contact AdXPerts for ideas, quotes, and a practical way to use signs, banners, inflatables, vehicle wraps, balloons, tents, trikes, and more to boost your business.

 

Robin Elliott AdXPerts

Four Excellent Marketing Opportunities that Most Business Owners Overlook

1. Sitting in your car in traffic? What do you look at? The cars/trucks around you and the cars next to you, the cars you follow and the cars you pass. Vehicles wrapped with eye-catching graphics are by far the most cost-effective type of advertising available. 98% of in-car audiences indicated they noticed truck-side ads.

Individual vehicle advertising generates between 30,000 to 70,000 daily vehicle impressions. And it’s a very affordable, one-time investment to wrap your vehicles and the vehicles of willing employees (for a small monthly acknowledgment to them, of course.) Make your wraps interesting informative, provocative. Look at this: 

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2. Do trains and cars and trucks containing potential customers pass the back or sides of your building? When riding in the train yesterday, I noticed umpteen blank business walls along the way. Tens of thousands of people ride by daily on the trains, and many look at those blank walls! Why not put great signs on those blank, boring, unutilized walls? Make a one-time investment in a sign that will continue to work to promote your business, like a diligent, silent salesman, 24/7 for years. In fact, one house actually has an advert for the Koran on its roof! I have seen this sign hundreds of times while passing on the train! Can you pay people to advertise your business on their roofs?

There is always copious advertising inside the train stations – why not alongside the track? And if your ad is clever, eye-catching, or funny, people may remember it and use it for directions! “Your stop is the one after the Cheap Vasectomies sign.”

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3. Recently, a jazz band was advertised, playing in a local park here. I suggested that, since it was raining heavily, nobody would show up. My wife corrected me; she reasoned that, since the musicians were high school kids, many of the parents and relatives would show up and endure the weather to support the kids. Which brings me to Bouncy Castles and large, interesting inflatables. These things attract kids (and hence their parents, your potential customers) like flies to honey. Even those air dancers with their waving arms attract the attention of people who might never even have noticed your business before but drove right on past. Signs are informative, while inflatables are attractive. Daddy, LOOK! A giant monkey!”

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4. Why not use other peoples’ events to advertise your business? We regularly deliver large tents with our customer’s logo emblazoned on the tops of the tents to events – our customer kindly lends people the tents to use at events, in exchange for massive visibility and branding. We are paid for the tents, and then to store and deliver, erect and take down.

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We do Trike Transporters, too. Great advertising opportunities on the sides and backs.

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Contact us for more information and pricing. We deliver anywhere in North America.

Robin Elliott  AdXperts.com

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Be Wise and Discerning – Not Gullible

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In this excellent article, John MacArthur tells us why it is important to discern, to do our due diligence before making decisions or buying into lies and deceit:

“When Aben Johnson sold his Detroit-based television station in 1997, he began heavily investing in gemstones. While he had dabbled in diamonds since 1988, he now had the capital he needed to purchase the rarest stones money could buy. He spent three million dollars on a blue diamond called the Streeter Diamond that Sam Walton (the founder of Wal-Mart) had won in a poker game from a man named Streeter. Johnson spent $2.7 million for a collection of diamonds called the Russian Blues. Another seventeen million dollars was invested in the Sylvia Walton Collection—a set of diamonds that belonged to Sam Walton’s daughter. In all, Johnson invested some $83 million in the costly gems.

“But what Johnson didn’t realize was that these famous-named diamonds, which he thought were priceless, were actually almost worthless. In fact, they were not diamonds at all. The stones were actually cubic zirconia, blue topaz, citrine, and other inexpensive gems. To add insult to injury, Sam Walton never had a daughter named Sylvia. When Johnson found out that his Florida-based jeweler, Jack Hasson, had bilked him, he filed suit. A year later, in 1999, the FBI arrested Hasson for fraud. In 2000 he was convicted, sentenced to forty years in prison, and ordered to pay more than seventy-eight million dollars in restitution.

“Despite Johnson’s legal efforts, he will never be able to fully recover his $83 million. If only he had exercised a little discernment before parting with his millions. Some simple tests of the diamonds by a gemologist or appraiser could have saved Johnson a bundle of money and trouble.

“One test uses a thermal conductivity meter, another an ordinary microscope. Such tests for authenticity certainly seem worth the effort when millions of dollars are at stake.”

I have had many people asking for my advice about business opportunities and decisions through the years, and yet the vast majority of them ignored my judgment and advice; they already had their minds made up and were just hoping for agreement and endorsement.

Four simple pieces of advice I leave with you today:

  1. Never invest more than you can afford to lose.
  2. Always check the motive of the person pitching you.
  3. Observe patterns in choices and behaviour: leopards don’t change their spots.
  4. There’s a Japanese idiom, “To wear a cat on one’s head.” it means, when literally translated, “You’re hiding your claws and pretending to be a nice, harmless person.” Don’t be gullible or impatient; be prepared to say, “NO.”

Finally, and this was John MacArthur’s purpose in telling this story, rely on the Bible for the final word when it comes to guidance.

Robin Elliott.

Ants and Glazed Bricks

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This article by David O. McKay is so interesting and compelling that I have copied a large portion of it below:

Keep learning. Where to discover your interest and how to amass relevant information are illustrated in the story of an obscure spinster woman who insisted that she never had a chance. She muttered these words to Dr. Louis Agassiz, distinguished naturalist, after one of his lectures in London. In response to her complaint, he replied: “Do you say, madam, you never had a chance? What do you do?”

“I am single and help my sister run a boardinghouse.”

“What do you do?” he asked.

“I skin potatoes and chop onions.”

He said, “Madam, where do you sit during these interesting but homely duties?”

“On the bottom step of the kitchen stairs.”

“Where do your feet rest?”

“On the glazed brick.”

“What is glazed brick?”

“I don’t know, sir.”

He said, “How long have you been sitting there?”

She said, “Fifteen years.”

“Madam, here is my personal card,” said Dr. Agassiz. “Would you kindly write me a letter concerning the nature of a glazed brick?”

She took him seriously. She went home and explored the dictionary and discovered that a brick was a piece of baked clay. That definition seemed too simple to send to Dr. Agassiz, so after the dishes were washed, she went to the library and in an encyclopedia read that a glazed brick is vitrified kaolin and hydrous aluminum silicate. She didn’t know what that meant, but she was curious and found out.

She took the word vitrified and read all she could find about it. Then she visited museums. She moved out of the basement of her life and into a new world on the wings of vitrified. And having started, she took the word hydrous, studied geology, and went back in her studies to the time when God started the world and laid the clay beds. One afternoon she went to a brickyard, where she found the history of more than 120 kinds of bricks and tiles, and why there have to be so many. Then she sat down and wrote thirty-six pages on the subject of glazed brick and tile.

Back came the letter from Dr. Agassiz: “Dear Madam, this is the best article I have ever seen on the subject. If you will kindly change the three words marked with asterisks, I will have it published and pay you for it.”

A short time later there came a letter that brought $250, and penciled on the bottom of this letter was this query: “What was under those bricks?” She had learned the value of time and answered with a single word: “Ants.” He wrote back and said, “Tell me about the ants.”

She began to study ants. She found there were between eighteen hundred and twenty-five hundred different kinds. There are ants so tiny you could put three head-to-head on a pin and have standing room left over for other ants; ants an inch long that march in solid armies half a mile wide, driving everything ahead of them; ants that are blind; ants that get wings on the afternoon of the day they die; ants that build anthills so tiny that you can cover one with a lady’s silver thimble; peasant ants that keep cows to milk, and then deliver the fresh milk to the apartment house of the aristocrat ants of the neighborhood.

After wide reading, much microscopic work, and deep study, the spinster sat down and wrote Dr. Agassiz 360 pages on the subject. He published the book and sent her the money, and she went to visit all the lands of her dreams on the proceeds of her work.

Now, as you hear this story, do you feel acutely that all of us are sitting with our feet on pieces of vitrified kaolin and hydrous aluminum silicate—with ants under them? Lord Chesterton answers: “There are no uninteresting things; there are only uninterested people.”

Keep learning.

Why keep learning? The answer is: Because our philosophy of education demands it, and our philosophy of life and eternity demands it.

Read the entire fascinating article here.

Robin Elliott

Illustration: Peasant Woman Peeling Potatoes by Vincent Van Gogh – 410 ~ Vincent van Gogh Gallery

Realize it’s 1984

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From each according to his ability, to each according to his needs” is the Socialist ideology hidden behind the mask of gentle Christian philanthropy, while it is, in fact, the cancer of altruism wrapped in a festering scab of Marxism.

The middle class – the producing class – is being taxed to death in order to provide a luxurious lifestyle for the low IQ parasites who refuse to work, play the eternal victim, often citing mythical events that occurred decades, even centuries ago, and leeching off the hard workers, using guilt and the threat of the label of “racist” as their weapons.

The religionists work hand-in-hand with the Cultural Marxist political leaders. “It is your mind that they want you to surrender—all those who preach the creed of sacrifice, whatever their tags or their motives, whether they demand it for the sake of your soul or of your body, whether they promise you another life in heaven or a full stomach on this earth. Those who start by saying: ‘It is selfish to pursue your own wishes, you must sacrifice them to the wishes of others’—end up by saying: ‘It is selfish to uphold your convictions, you must sacrifice them to the convictions of others.”– Ayn Rand.

Those who use their minds and have the courage to stand up for their rights refuse to succumb to the overflowing sewer of Big Brother’s lies. Ayn Rand again: “Now there is one word—a single word—which can blast the morality of altruism out of existence and which it cannot withstand—the word: ‘Why?’ Why must man live for the sake of others? Why must he be a sacrificial animal? Why is that the good? There is no earthly reason for it—and, ladies and gentlemen, in the whole history of philosophy no earthly reason has ever been given.”

Canada’s CBC – Communist Broadcasting Corporation – spews out this sick collectivist propaganda day in and day out, 24/7, and far too many hard-working Canadians, 20% of whom are marijuana smokers – gently bend over and kindly allow themselves to be raped by the very government we elected.

Orwell’s 1984 is happening and it’s time to stand up and be counted.

Robin Elliott

Quality People Harder to Find?

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Look at these shocking statistics:

  • Fewer than half of all American adults today can name the four Gospels
  • 12% of adults believe that Joan of Arc was Noah’s wife
  • A survey of graduating high school seniors revealed that more than 50% thought that Sodom and Gomorrah were husband and wife
  • A considerable number of respondents to one poll indicated that Billy Graham preached the Sermon on the Mount
  • President Trump, White people, and Christians can be mocked, ridiculed, and verbally attacked with no consequences in North America, whereas blacks and Muslims are protected at all costs by the government and the media
  • In the US, only 3 out of 10 people are practicing Christians
  •  About a fifth of Canadians between 15 and 64 years old – 20% – used marijuana, spending an average of $1,200 per person at $7.48 per gram

Secularism, materialism, socialism, humanism, and Cultural Marxism are running rampant. Even hinting that you don’t support same-sex marriage can evoke howls of bigotry and hatemongering, and only Whites are accused of racism.

The Pew Research Center reported last week that 24% had not read a single book in the past year. They hadn’t opened a paperback, a Kindle, or even listened to an audiobook while in a car. The number of non-book-readers has nearly tripled since 1978.

And here’s the scary reality:  Imagine two ships that start right alongside each other, set a course 15 degrees away from each other, and start sailing away. The distance between them will increase over time.

The more you develop and evolve spiritually and intellectually, the more disciplined and successful you become, the further away you will drift from the average person. The chasm between you and the common man will deepen and widen. You will have less and less in common with the average person.

In addition, the more successful you become, the more moral you are, the more you will be attacked and ridiculed by those who are sliding down the slippery slope to join Mr. Sodom and Mrs. Gemorrora in 1984. Standing up for the truth will make you the target of those who have succumbed to the lies of the government and those who wish to create a dumbed down, drugged up society of low IQ, dependent panhandlers and laborers who willingly vote for them.

Don’t be surprised if you find it hard to identify and befriend high-quality people, and when you do, value your relationship with them.

Robin Elliott

 

Entering a New Phase of Your Life?

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We’re constantly starting over – projects, our lives, our relationships, our businesses. Why? because the one constant in life is change. Without change, we cannot grow. We either choose to change or change is thrust upon us – sometimes unexpectedly! And change can be positive or negative. How we REACT to that change, how we choose to remake or reinvent our lives makes all the difference. And it all starts with how well equipped we are – psychologically and emotionally.

Just think of all the changes you have been through, and the changes your friends and loved ones have been through and are going through right now. In the process of change and starting over, we are forced – or we choose – to remodel our lives. If we do that well, the results can be spectacular, but if we do it wrong, well…

Life a soldier going into battle or a traveler embarking on a long journey into unknown territory, preparation is all important.

I talked with a fellow who, in the process of reviving his business, found it necessary to revitalize a relationship that changed his life and made him a very wealthy man. Had he not been facing certain bankruptcy, he would never even have considered reviving that relationship. Within each change, good or bad, lie the seeds of opportunity for those whose thinking and perspective is positive and creative.

Think of all the ways change makes us reimagine, restore, or redeploy in order to cope and indeed optimize our chances of success:

  • You’ve been through a disastrous time: physically, mentally, emotionally, financially, and now you’re Starting Over
  • You want to reinvent yourself, your business, your life
  • You’re newly single, divorced, widowed, bankrupt, disabled, or remarried
  • You’re coping with the death or illness of a loved one
  • You’re bored, broke, new in town, or a new immigrant in a new country
  • You’re a new parent
  • You’re recovering from an accident, drug addiction, cancer, or Empty Nest Syndrome
  • You want to start over, or you have to start over
  • You’re a new resident in a Seniors’ Facility or prison, or you’ve just been released from that menagerie of misery known as prison
  • Your parents are moving in with you
  • Your parent/spouse/child has been diagnosed with dementia
  • You’re downsizing, selling your home or business, or immigrating
  • You’re about to get downsized or fired or resign.
  • You have just realized you don’t have enough money for your Golden Years
  • You’ve recently adopted a child or a pet
  • You’ve changed your religion or you want to
  • You’re restoring a relationship
  • You’re starting in a Witness Protection Program

I could go on adding to this list all night long, and so could you, right?

Anyway, I wrote a little book (my sixteenth) – just 100 pages – jam-packed with useful, direct information that will help anyone to Start Over well. It’s available here

Robin Elliott

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Most Limit Themselves to One Small, Dark Corner of Revelation

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Imagine a huge warehouse, packed with luxury items, toys, beautiful clothes and amazing gadgets, housing everything you could ever dream of and much, much more – amazing revelations and incredible discoveries. Now imagine it’s pitch dark inside this pleasure-dome of delights, solutions to every problem, and truth. You can’t see your hand six inches in front of your face.

Each religion, ideology, and philosophy is represented by a small cohort of followers – adherents to that particular belief system, that worldview, huddled in a small corner or section of this remarkable warehouse, where they have a small lantern lighting up their little section. Each of these groups or tribes is wrongly convinced that they can see and experience the entire warehouse, that it is all housed within the area lighted by their small lantern, their revelation, their understanding.

Dotted around the massive warehouse are thousands of small religions, each with their own little lantern of light, each one convinced that they know all there is to know. If you were to tell them that others see different areas of the vast warehouse, that is God’s laws and creation, you would be mocked, attacked, belittled, because this group can see all there is to see.

You’re given a brain in the form of a flashlight. You can freely travel to each small group with their little lantern and learn from them about their limited section of reality. Each group would eagerly invite you to stay and join them, as long as you agree to abide by their rules, to stop exploring the warehouse, to stop your adventure, to cease thinking about the rest of the warehouse, since, after all, they don’t believe it even exists.

If you were to consider leaving the group or suggest there’s more, or that they can learn from the other groups, you would be considered a heretic, a deserter, and shunned or punished in some other iniquitously creative manner. Some groups will attempt to bribe you or intimidate you with fear of divine punishment should you leave. Believe me, you will not fall off the end of the earth if you leave, and there are no dragons out there. And God is not looking for ways to punish you if you are searching for truth and to find ways to know Him. One of these groups actually goes around poaching people from other groups, forcing them to join them on fear of death by beheading! But fortunately, it’s the only group like that.

Wise, courageous people take their torch and will travel, learning from each group, growing in their knowledge of the warehouse/life/spiritual truth. Some of the groups, you will find, are huddled in cold, draughty, dirty little areas with few toys and lots of restrictive rules. Others are in bigger, more delightful areas of the warehouse, with more things and less prohibitive rules. If you are learning and enjoying the group, by all means, stay as long as you wish, but just know there is a big, wide warehouse to explore.

Two of these religious groups, the only two religions of which I am presently aware, are inclusive, welcoming, and generous in sharing their light, and their restrictions are optional.

But each group in the warehouse of life and spiritual matters can teach you something, each lantern reveals more of reality, and each will offer distinct benefits. Don’t get stuck in the quicksand of group dynamics, ego, and fear. Be unattached; remain free to go and grow.

And one, huge lights will flood the entire warehouse with understanding – nothing will be hidden from your sight or understanding: that only happens when you die.

This is an excerpt from Starting Over: How to Do it Well

Robin Elliott